A Northeast Iowa couple are being charged with child endangerment, for allegedly exposing their young child to Methamphetamine.


On Monday (Oct. 29), the Fayette County Sheriff executed a search warrant at an apartment on South Vine Street in West Union. The sheriff had obtained the warrant for a suspected drug trafficking operation.

Ryan Smith. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

Officers found meth in reach of a 2 year old child in the home. As a result, the Department of Human Services was called in, removing the child, and opening their own investigation.

Erika Pipkin. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

25 year old Ryan Smith and 30 year old Erika Pipkin, both of West Union, were arrested and charged with Child Endangerment exposure of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation continues; more arrests and charges are possible.

West Union Police assisted the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.